Answers about the Night Sky

Answers about the Night Sky


Solar Eclipse Aug. 21, 2017


Here are images of the recent Total Solar Eclipse. Our group was located in Fort Massac State Park just outside of Metropolis, Illinois and we were lucky enough to have clear skies.

There hadn’t been a Total Solar Eclipse visible from the United States since 1979, and one that was visible from coast to coast in almost a hundred years. The next Total Solar Eclipse visible from the United States will be on April 8, 2024.


All Photos: Bart Benjamin

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  1. Partial Phase
  2. The Moon approaching and covering sunspots
  3. Last sliver of the Sun before totality
  4. “Baily’s Beads” just before totality
  5. Totality
  6. Totality enhanced
  7. Notice the orange prominences
  8. Just before the end of totality
  9. More “Baily’s Beads” at the end of totality
  10. The “Diamond Ring”
  11. Even Superman wore eclipse shades in Metropolis, Illinois
  12. Video montage of eclipse




Below is the solar eclipse information we posted before the eclipse. You may still find useful information here.

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, starting roughly around 9:00 a.m. PDT off the coast of Oregon, the Moon will begin eclipsing the Sun. A total eclipse of the Sun will be visible starting around 10:15 a.m. PDT, crossing the U.S. from west to east through parts of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. The eclipse will pass through South Carolina roughly around 2:30 p.m. EDT. The Moon will completely clear the Sun off the coast of South Carolina by around 4:00 p.m. EDT. Even if you can’t travel that day to the path of totality, the Moon will produce a partial eclipse, visible from almost all of North America as long as the sky is clear.

The NASA videos below provide more information about the eclipse that for some will be a once in a lifetime event! 


To purchase safe solar eclipse viewing glasses and a handy guide to the eclipse, visit the Observatory Shop.

NASA will also provide live images of the total eclipse at

Click on the map below and enlarge for more detail.
Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 map

Scroll down for more solar eclipse information!

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